An In-Plane Finite Element Model for Brick Masonry

by Adrian W. Page, Univ of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia,
Peter W. Kleeman, Univ of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia,
Manicka Dhanasekar, Univ of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: New Analysis Techniques for Structural Masonry


A finite element model for brick masonry is reported. The model takes account of non linear deformations and progressive local failure. The failure may occur in the joints alone or in a mode involving both bricks and joints. The iterative plane stress finite element program is based on eight noded isoparametric elements and is used to simulate the incremental loading and progressive failure of brick masonry under in-plane loads. The effectiveness of the program is demonstrated by comparing the computed behaviour with the experimental results from racking tests on five steel frames with brick masonry infills.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Failure loads | Bricks | Masonry | Joints | Material failures | Material tests | Load tests

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